JP Australia and NeilPryde have offered 3-times Freestyle World Champion, Ricardo Campello, a bonus of USD10.000 if he can land a Triple Forward and capture it on film and video. With all the pro sailors in Gran Canaria and the conditions heating up for the weekend Ricardo is ready to give it a go!

After watching Ricardo in competition during last years event in Gran Canaria many people were confident that Ricardo was ready to land a triple including Duncan Coombs, Head Judge for the PWA: “For me Ricardo is probably the most radical sailor today – I think he can do it”.

The forecast looks promising for this weekend. There will be plenty of cameras ready for the action to come. Despite suffering a case of tendonitis Ricardo is ready to try it but does not want to put too much pressure on himself.

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Opening its doors from the 3rd to the 12th of July, Pozo’s famed windsurfing arena will be called upon to serve up its characteristic mix of nuclear wind, and pounding waves for a Grand Slam bout of monumental proportions.

Since competition embarked on Gran Canaria’s shores, the biggest names in windsurfing have used this brutal proving ground to settle scores. This year will be no exception, as the 2008 Grand Slam hosts men’s slalom, women’s freestyle, and both men’s and women’s competition in waves.

Men’s Slalom

Rested and ready for action after the trials and tribulations of the Costa Brava World Cup, slalom’s biggest names have confirmed their presence for this high wind, surf-slalom spectacle.

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Two countries in opposing hemispheres are currently trying to be the first to break the current world speed sailing record, and crack the holy grail of 50 knots, regarded as the equivalent to the aeronautical sound barrier.

“No one remembers the second man to walk on the moon,” says Sean Langman, the creator and pilot of the radical purpose-built Australian 9m sail boat/sail plane called Wot Rocket who is acutely aware of the “race against the French to the 50”, and the possibility they could snatch his boyhood dream clean away.

Wot Rocket’s 500m world speed sailing record attempt was forced to shift gears following the launch of the French flying trimaran l’Hydroptere on 22 May.

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